Georgia Council for the Arts

 Proud Member Since 1993

GA Shakespeare Fund Raiser for Atlanta Freedom Bands - July 10, 2014 8:00 PM

What could be better than enjoying an evening of rollicking entertainment while helping support Atlanta's favorite LGBT music organization?

Delight in a laugh-out-loud mix of satire, song, slapstick comedy, and biting one-liners. Set in 1960s Brighton, England. Francis Henshall, fired from his skiffle band, becomes separately employed by two men who share more in common than is at first apparent—Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket—but to prevent discovery, he must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple, right?

Enjoy a raucous evening of laughter, audience participation, and live music. 

Young local band The Head are turning the Conant Center for the Arts at Oglethorpe University into a rock venue, playing live onstage during the show and performing miniconcerts of their power pop music 30 minutes prior to show time!

Tickets for the Thursday July 10, 2014 performance are only $10.00

Half of the proceeds from tickets purchased here will benefit the Atlanta Freedom Bands.
Photo: Travis Smith, Aaron Muñoz (photo by Angela Wiggins), & Ann Mairie Gideon. Artwork by BreeAnne Clowdus

One Man, Two Guvnors contains naughty bits and naughty language - parental guidance is encouraged.

Atlanta Freedom Bands appreciates the support from GA Shakespeare for this event.   We invite you to learn more about their other performances.  Click HERE to rediscover GA Shakespeare!

Set Sail Concert Poster

Set Sail with AFB!!

Ahoy, Matey!  AFB embarks on a musical adventure exploring the majesty, beauty, and fun of the sea.  The concert program features traditional songs of the sea paired with "epic" works that evoke swash-buckling adventure.  Even the most land-lubbin' scalawag will enjoy this show. We hope you are ready to fend off a band of scurvy pirates before the night ends!

P.S. If you want to dress the part, sailor or pirate outfits are encouraged!

AFB Presents Set Sail!
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 8 PM
First Metropolitan Community Church
1379 Tullie Road NE, Atlanta 30329 [Directions]
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 for Seniors, $5 for Students
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Concert selections include: 
"Eternal Father Strong to Save" (US Navy Hymn) by C.T. Smith
"Sea Songs" by Thomas Knox
"Sea Hawk, Suite for Symphonic Band" by Eric Korngold, arr. Brubaker
"The Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whitacre
"Hands Across the Sea" by John Philip Sousa
"Bride of the Waves" by Herbert L. Clarke
"Pirates of the Caribbean" by John Wasson
"Gilbert and Sullivan Symphonic Suite" arranged by Ted Ricketts
"Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa

Previous Concerts of our 21st Performance Season

Spring Swing with the MetroGnomes

ood, Drinks, Dancing, and Great Music were enjoyed by all  during AFB's second annual Spring Swing, featuring the MetroGnomes Stage Band.  
The event this year was held a great new location this year, the Hudson Grille in Midtown, which offered lots of room every one to spin on the dance floor or just sit back and enjoy the great music.  

The MetroGnomes performed everything from classic swing to boogie-woogie to rock and roll.

Click HERE to visit our Facebook album and see some highlights from the event!

Music of the Far East Concert Poster

A Memorable Journey: Music of the Far East
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8 PM

Eastern music met Western instruments at Atlanta Freedom Bands’ March 15 “Music of the Far East” concert.  The band lead the audience on a musical tour that includes works from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia and Singapore.  

The concert featured Dr. Robert Foster, shakuhachi flute master from Augusta State University, and concert host Dr. Yayoi Everett, Professor of Music at Emory University.
This was one of the more unusual wind band concerts one might be likely to hear.  

The pieces on the program captured portraits in sound of the different countries represented.  In fact, the repertoire called for 34 different percussion instruments, some of which our very own percussion section made from scratch to match the native instruments the composers called for in their scores.  

As always, a tasty reception followed the show!

Our Pan-Asian concert program included a wide variety of pieces, sounds, and cultural references:

"The Singapore Flyer" by Satoshi Yagisawa - Capturing the excitement of a ride on the world's tallest observational wheel
"Spring Festival" by Chen Yi - Celebrating the annual Chinese celebrations marking the start of the new year
"Figuration for Shakuhachi and Band" by Tetsunosuke Kushida - With a special performance and mini-talk by shakuhachi flute master Dr. Robert Foster
"Bali" by Michael Colgrass - Featuring the sound of a homemade gamelan with bowls of metal, clay, and porcelain
"Variations on A Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance -
An enchanting, 600-year-old song of unrequited passion in a land of dreams
"Selections from 'Princess Mononoke'" by Joe Hasaishi - A suite of music from the most popular movie in Japan in 1997
"Concordia - A Chinese American Overture" by Rob Grice - Honoring the connection and friendship between our two countries
"Orient Express" by Philip Sparke - Enjoy a magical ride on the historic train that links East and West


Upcoming Events


July 10  - "One Man, Two Guvnors"
Conant Center for the Arts
Oglethorpe University
Atlanta, GA

September 21  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 12  - Marching Band/Color Guard

October 19  - Marching Band/Color Guard